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The 4 Unexpected Books that We’re Reading Again and Again

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I look for two things when I’m picking out a book: a great love story, and a pretty-much-guaranteed happy ending (known to most as HAE). I like true love, hot make out scenes and more sweet moments than soul-wrenching angst. I’ve even been known to read the last page of a book first, just so I know where the story is headed. If it ends in tears and death, I’m probably not reading it. There are exceptions, of course, and books I love that make me sob buckets of tears (The Fault in Our Stars, anyone?) or that challenge me more than the average mass market romance. But for the most part, I see reading as an escapist hobby, one…

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Oh, the Places You’ll Go: 6 Unconventional Books that Make Great Graduation Gifts

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It’s that time of the year again! Finals are over, GPAs are officially documented and the diplomas have been printed. For just about anyone reading this, either you or someone you know is graduating from college this month. But instead of the same old Dr. Seuss book everyone gets, this year give something else -– a book that will really get those ambitious and creative juices flowing! Here we’ve compiled a list of 6 fantastic, yet unconventional, books to help you (or your graduate) keep up the momentum needed for post-college success. Mercedes’s Picks: #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso (Portfolio, 2015) When it comes to style and confidence, Sophia Amoruso’s company Nasty Gal is where you go. I’ve been shopping there for as long…

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Lucky Peach’s Easy Asian Recipes that will Restore Your Tastebuds

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It’s early December and I feel like I’m trapped in some sort of holiday sandwich between last week’s Thanksgiving turkey and next week’s Chanukah latkes. What I really crave are bold flavors and healthy ingredients that are a departure from all the exquisite excess of the season (and won’t require a grim commitment to get to the gym). This is why when Lucky Peach: 101 Easy Asian Recipes by Peter Meehan and the editors of Lucky Peach (Clarkson Potter; October 27, 2015) came into our offices I leapt on it like a crazed badger. Lucky Peach is a foodie magazine with a quirky sense of humor, an appreciation for tradition (but not afraid to toss tradition out the window), and…

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